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I’m Teaching My Son to Regulate His Gaming Time

I struggle with setting limits on IPad use with my 9-year-old son. Usually, I tell him to stop and he would keep asking for more time. I would think how ungrateful he is, that he should follow the rules, and why can’t he stop when it’s time? Cynthia and I discussed how I could calmly set the limit. I took her advice and added on a twist. My son knew that he has one hour each day during the weekend to play his electronic...

Mom Doesn’t Give Up on Setting Video Gaming ...

I hear over and over about how difficult it is for parents to set limits on teens playing video games. Teenagers feel entitled to play video games whenever they want to. They believe that parents do not have authority to set rules about video game usage. They complain that their parents are “nagging” them and they make life so difficult that parents often give up. Here is a very inspirational story about a client...

Dad Successfully Uses Limits and Boundaries with E...

  Setting clear expectations with a strong-willed child can be challenging. When they’re young, they have big tantrums that parents often want to avoid. This desire to avoid tantrums creates a pattern of parents giving in to appease the tantrum rather than remaining firm and implementing the clear, strong limit the child needs. The following real life coaching scenario from June of 2016 involves a dad, Ben, learning how...

How I Got My Rebellious Son with ADHD Out of Bed

I’m a divorced dad with two boys ages 9 and 11. My youngest son has challenges with transitions and wanting his own way. This causes power struggles with getting him out of bed. I came to Cynthia for help with his defiant behavior. Cynthia’s been teaching me how to state an expectation or limit on my child clearly. For example, ” it’s time to get out of bed.” My son is so defiant that I can...

Mom Wins Cooperation Through Soft Power rather tha...

I started working with Cynthia because I wanted to reduce the conflict in my home with my two teenagers. I knew I needed to change how I approached situations and the way I was giving instructions or making “suggestions.” I was really suffering and I didn’t know what I was doing wrong, but whatever it was, wasn’t working. We worked on my beliefs and attitudes. What I thought was a normal way to interact, I came to realize...

Mom and Dad Create Family Unity with Teenage Son

For 1 ½ years, my husband and I have received parenting support from Cynthia with wonderful results. We attended a parenting seminar of Cynthia’s because we were suffering from four years of an intense relationship with our teenage son who was then 16. We were raised in China and we believed we should have control over our son. He didn’t’ agree and so he stopped sharing with us. Our goal was to improve our communication....